>> the u.s. is 14th, 17th, and 25th in reading, science, and math. we are falling further and further behind. what is interesting is that a lot of people say, well, we have not gotten worse over time. they are pulling that statistic from the fact that if you look at the achievement level in the 1970's and 60's, it is on par with how our 17-year olds are performing today. the problem is that there are other countries leapfrogging ahead of us. >> if you look at the political situation, education barely features. it was hardly there in the political campaign. >> is a huge problem. in the 2012 presidential campaign, there was very little about education. the focus right now in america is on jobs and the economy.